WASHINGTON PARK — Former Mayor James Jones died Monday evening after being sick for several months.
Jones' wife, Magnolia Jones, said her husband of 43 years had been sick since June 13.
She said Jones, 63, died at 7:10 p.m. at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. Jones is survived by five children, three by his wife. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2005, she said.
Jones said her husband was a good man who tried to help everybody.
"He loved doing things for people," she said.
Funeral services for Jones will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at Macedonia Baptist Church at 10th and Broadway in East St. Louis. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Oct. 3 at the church.
Jones was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees in Washington Park. And he served as mayor for about three years. He took over from Cynthia Stovall-Hollingsworth after she had served about a year, due to a legal issue that he came out victorious on.
Trustee Loretta Brock-Longstreet worked with Jones during his administration. She said, "After working with him, I found out that he was one of the most dedicated people anyone could meet. He loved the village of Washington Park. He will always be remembered as a man both strong and good. He gave his best for others and did the best he could," she said.
Jones often reached into his own pockets and used his personal money to buy supplies the village needed.
"He also took a $1,000 pay cut in his salary because the village was struggling," Brock-Longstreet said.
Jackie Causey, Jones' assistant and former TIF administrator for the village, worked with Jones for many years.
She said off and on he had been a trustee for more than 20 years. For the two years that Causey worked with Jones as mayor, she found him to be "kind, generous, and he loved Washington Park."
And, he had a really good since of humor, Causey said.
She said Jones had been a resident of Washington Park for more than 30 years.
Causey recalled Jones saying to her "The world doesn't owe him anything. He had a good life, a good God, a good family and good friends. He said he lived a full life."